The Florida Initiative For Suicide Prevention (FISP) held a kick off party for their “Expressions of Hope” project.

Several organizations are taking part in the project including Inside Out, Theatre Company, SunServe, The Pride Center of Equality Florida and the City of Wilton Manors.

The project will include a series of theater workshops that will foster community dialogue on suicide prevention. The end product will result in a multi-media theater presentation featuring the spoken word, videos, songs and other possible forms of art expression.

“I believe that this project is going to help the community talk about an important issue which is suicide prevention and help each other to not be so fearful when you have these feelings,” said Howard Cohen, a facilitator and speaker for FISP.

“I feel like it’s the “It’s Get Better” project but it’s also about letting people know it just doesn’t get better, it can get better now. We want to help them feel better immediately and help them know they are not alone. We’ll help them feel comfortable sooner. We need to give them some immediacy.”

The theater workshops will be led by Robin Braun, executive artistic director of Inside Out Theatre Company.

The workshop dates include

April 29 – 7 to 9 p.m. at the Pride Center

April 30 – 7 to 9 p.m. at SunServe

May 23 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pride Center

May 30 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at SunServe

To learn more or reserve a spot contact Jackie Rosen, Director of FISP at 954-384-0344 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Jason Parsley